Manny Gonzalez – 5 Ideas for Where to Spend $2,500 in Your Project

Affordable Housing Finance

May 17, 2015

If you had a modest amount of money, say an extra $2,500, to spend anywhere at an affordable housing project, where would you put it?

AHF asked several architects and developers to share their ideas for where they would get the most bang for the money. The suggestions varied from adding a bocce ball court at a seniors development to upgrading the energy efficiency at a home. Boosting curb appeal is another popular choice.

Manny Gonzalez, architect and principal of KTGY Group in Los Angeles:
While $2,500 isn’t a lot to work with, depending on the location, one idea would be to buy several “community bikes.”  Have them all the same color and perhaps the community logo somewhere.  Something like the rental bikes you see these days. You could probably set it up so the key fob for the room would unlock the bike too so that you would know who checked it out.  I am not sure that would work on a seniors project though, and with the $2,500 there I would build a bocce court. In one community we worked on there are three courts, and they now have more than 60 bocce teams that compete in tournaments there twice a week!  Full disclosure … I am 60 myself and have a bocce court at my home and love the game!